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The Audi A8 has take the long road in becoming a legitimate competitor for the full-size Mercedes-Benz and BMW sedans. When it made its debut with an optional W-12 engine and its aluminum space frame, we were impressed--but it didn't yet have the allure for executive-class sedans built up over decades by vehicles like the S-Class and 7-Series.
But, it's the newest generation of A8 that truly stands out as a fully realized contender in the niche. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class still stands at the front of the line in the class, and the 7-Series isn't trailing far behind–but the A8 offers a set of interesting drivetrains and an abundance of technology to help sway shoppers toward the rings, rather than the star and roundel. It's a real player in the segment now–competing happily at virtually every level–and even winning some of the categories along the way.
In the executive-luxury class, there's little room for showy looks. The truly memorable shapes seem to be reserved for the more coupelike creations sized and priced a tier below the top offerings from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes--cars like the A7, Gran Coupe, and CLS.
The A8 isn't as sleek as the A7, but its details are still finely honed, its sheetmetal still handsomely bent. It has much in common with the smaller A6 and A4 sedans, with proportions that reach for more of the long-nose drama that characterizes most classic sport sedans. Here, it's necessary to fit the A8's relatively compact 12-cylinder engine, but it's leveraged to give the A8 a drawn-out elegance that works well with its broader shoulders and especially, with the long-wheelbase model's longer rear doors. The LED lamps front and rear are awesome bits of detailing, but the grille's less a standout than before.
Quattro all-wheel drive delivers sure-footed feel to the A8, even though the complexity of its suspension and wheel-and-tire offerings require a patient hand and Microsoft Excel license. (It's a German thing.) Quattro splits torque front to rear at a 40:60 ratio from takeoff, shifting power to a maximum of 60 percent front if the myriad sensors determine it need be so. On the S8, an active torque split from side to side comes into effect with the sport differential; it's now an option on other models as part of a Sport plus package, along with dynamic steering, adaptive air suspension, and summer 265/40 tires.
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